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TOKYO (AP) – A government minister tasked with overseeing Japan’s coronavirus vaccination campaign on Monday has urged the European Union to ensure a steady export of European-made vaccines, warning that any attempt to halt shipments due to a shortage in Europe would damage relations.

Vaccination Minister Taro Kono told The Associated Press that it was becoming increasingly uncertain that Japan would be able to provide the doses of the vaccine it wanted four months before the Olympics.

“I am extremely concerned that Japan’s aponia մեր our friendly relations with the EU will (negatively) be affected if the delivery (Japan aponia) is suspended,” Kono said.

Despite asking the EU to grant the EU a massive export permit for the Pfizer vaccine to be exported to the only vaccine approved by the Government of Aponia so far, it only causes a supply uncertainty.

“We told them not to affect our friendly relations. I hope the EU will give a lot of permission to Japan to ship Aponia goods,” said Kono, with the words “#stronger together” in the EU mask with the seal of the little Japanese. և EU flag on each side.

Japan has lagged behind other countries in developing aponia vaccines, leaving it to be imported. But insufficient imports of vaccines are a concern in Europe, where many are produced due to a lack of supply and bureaucratic exports.

Japan Aponia has already approved the Pfizer vaccine, և approval is expected for AstraZeneca և Moderna filming. Japan has approved 344 million vaccine orders this year, enough for its entire population, but the vast majority are from Pfizer և Moderna, most of which are supplied from Europe.

Lack of public distrust of vaccines հետ combined with slow start of vaccinations. The Japan Aponia campaign began in February with the relocation of younger people.

It is now almost impossible for Japan aponia to gain so-called herd immunity before the postponed Olympic Games begin in July.

Still, Kono downplayed the importance of the Olympics in planning the spread of aponia vaccines.

“The Olympics are not on my vaccination schedule,” Cono said. “At least when I became vaccine minister, I never linked the Olympics to vaccinations.”

Japan Aponia has already stated that it will not allow foreign spectators to the Tokyo Games, it is not responsible for providing vaccinations to participants. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said it will strongly encourage participants to be vaccinated, but does not require it. However, Tokyo’s offer of vaccines from China to next year’s Beijing Winter Games is likely to increase calls for athletes to be vaccinated.

Kono’s focus is on providing adequate vaccines, moving the necessary number of people who will be providing the most vulnerable 127 million people in Aponia in the coming months, after providing medical care to the elderly.

Vaccinations of the first group of about 4.8 million health workers began in mid-February, and from mid-April, about 36 million people over the age of 65 will be eligible. The underprivileged, as well as the caregivers in nursing homes and other institutions, will be next before it is the turn of the general population.

Doses of 344 million vaccines ordered by Japan Aponia include 144 million doses of Pfizer, 120 million of AstraZeneca և 50 million of Moderne.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has vowed to step up support for Japanese vaccine developers in response to growing calls from the government to review vaccine strategies for national security and crisis management.

“If we had in-house vaccines, we could have exchanged views and defined our long-term vaccine strategy, but unfortunately we can’t do that,” Cono said.

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